Thursday, April 28, 2011

"Italian" French Toast

I saw Buddy Valestro make this on his show Kitchen Boss and wanted to try it. I loved the taste of the orange zest on it!


1 2 pound loaf panettone or whatever bread you have on hand
4 large eggs plus 2 yolks
1‑1/2 cup half n' half
1/4 cup amaretto liqueur (optional)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
zest grated from one orange
5‑6 tablespoons butter, as needed


  1. Remove paper from panettone. Divide loaf into quarters, wrap and put away one quarter. Slice each quarter into two 1" thick slices – you will be slicing off a rounded side on each quarter – eat, save or discard. You will have six, tall, 1" thick slices.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients except for the butter. Heat a large saut̩ pan Рone large enough to comfortable hold three slices without crowding. Add butter and heat until fragrant and foaming.
  3. Dip each piece of panettone into the egg mixture, about a "five count" for each side. Let excess drip from the bread back into the bowl. Fry three pieces at a time, maintaining a low, steady heat, cooking until each side is browned – approx 3 - 4 minutes per side. This yields a tender, custardy interior with a crispier exterior. Add butter as needed and repeat with remaining three slices of panettone.
  4. The bread is quite sweet as is. Suggested serving: topped with butter-toasted sliced almonds and a dusting of 10x sugar.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Caramel French Toast

I'm up in Grantsville, at my in-laws, and my MIL shared this recipe with me. We are making it for in the morning and I can't wait to try it! I'll leave a comment with my review tomorrow morning!

10 (1 3/4 inch thick) slices French bread - cut off ends
1 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup butter
1/4 cup plus 2 Tablespoons light corn syrup
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 1/2 cups of milk or half and half
1 Tablespoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
Cinnamon and Sugar
1/4 cup butter or margarine - melted

Combine brown sugar, 3/4 cup butter and corn syrup in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture is bubbly. Pour syrup into 13x9x2 inch greased baking dish. Arrange bread slices over syrup squishing them to fit in the pan. Combine eggs, milk, vanilla and salt. Stir well. Pour over bread. Cover and chill for 8 hours or overnight. Before baking, sprinkle cinnamon and sugar over top. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes uncovered. Pour melted butter over the top when done baking!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Sour Cream Noodle Bake

Thank you Pioneer Women for this new recipe! It was a great new Ground Beef recipe to add to my rotation! It was super yummy and will make great warmups! This made a TON! So, for a smaller family, you could probably 1/2 this and do it in a 9x9.

Also, next time I may add a LITTLE milk or cream to the sour cream and cottage cheese before I mix in the noodles. It's not that I thought it was dry, but I think it would be nice to have a little more sauce to it.

  • 1-¼ pound Ground Chuck or Ground Beef
  • 1 can 15-ounces Tomato Sauce
  • ½ teaspoons Salt
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 8 ounces, weight Egg Noodles
  • ½ cups Sour Cream
  • 1-¼ cup Small Curd Cottage Cheese
  • ½ cups Sliced Green Onions (less To Taste)
  • 1 cup Grated Sharp Cheddar Cheese

Preparation Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Get water ready on the stove for boiling noodles.

Brown ground chuck or beef in a large skillet. Drain fat, then add tomato sauce. 1/2 teaspoon salt and plenty of freshly ground black pepper. Stir, then simmer while you prepare the other ingredients.
Cook egg noodles until al dente. Drain and set aside.
In a medium bowl, combine sour cream and cottage cheese. Add plenty of freshly ground black pepper. Add to noodles and stir. Add green onions and stir.
To assemble, add half of the noodles to a baking dish. Top with half the meat mixture, then sprinkle on half the grated cheddar. Repeat with noodles, meat, then a final layer of cheese.

Bake for 20 minutes, or until all cheese is melted.
Serve with crusty French bread.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Glorified Tacos

I got this recipe from my friend Nicole. She mentioned she was making it for dinner several times and it always sounded a little funny to me. Then we were invited over and got to try it and it is seriously yummy! It is a super easy and quick dinner, plus super easy to make a lot of! So, this is a great option to make when you need to feed a lot of people!

Hamburger Mixture:
1 lb hamburger
1/2 a yellow onion (amount to your preference)
peppers (whatever kind you like)
1/4 c brown sugar
8 oz can of tomato sauce
8 oz can of water
1 T Vinegar
Garlic Salt

Brown hamburger and then add onions and peppers. Saute together for a few minutes and then add the rest of the ingredients. Let simmer for 15 minutes.

Layer bottom to top in this order: Chili Cheese Fritos, Hamburger mixture, shredded cheese, lettuce, tomato, Avacado.